The Sandy Puc’ 2010 Family Tour – USA & Canada

February 13, 2010

I had the opportunity to catch this tour last week when they came through Charlotte, NC and I’m so glad I did!  Sandy was a great speaker and had so much information to share in 5 hours, but she did it well.  I would definitely recommend signing up for this tour!

“Learn the best methods of family portraiture craft, the latest trends in marketing, timesaving tips, advice on tools of the trade, and be infused with unbridled enthusiasm.

The Sandy Puc’ 2010 Family Tour covers all aspects of developing, executing and marketing a successful family program.  You will learn how to create life long clients who will regularly update their family portraits for generations.

Each attendee will receive a catalog with helpful tips & tricks and fantastic offers from Sandy’s sponsors.”

Phoenix, AZ Feb 14

San Diego, CA Feb 15

Los Angeles, CA Feb 16

San Francisco, CA Feb 18

Sacramento, CA Feb 19

Portland, OR Feb 22

Seattle, WA Feb 23

Boise, ID Feb 25

Salt Lake City, UT Feb 26

Kansas City, MO March 29

Omaha, NE March 30

Des Moines, IA March 31

St. Louis, MO April 1

Louisville, KY April 2

Indianapolis, IN April 3

Columbus, OH April 5

Cleveland, OH April 6

Buffalo, NY April 7

Boston, MA April 8

Hartford, CT April 9

Newark, NJ April 12

Long Island, NY April 13

Philadelphia, PA April 14

Baltimore, MD April 15

Richmond, VA April 17

Pittsburgh, PA April 18

Detroit, MI April 19

Grand Rapids, MI April 20

Chicago, IL April 21

Madison, WI April 23

Minneapolis, MN April 24

Vancouver, BC Aug 27

Calgary, AB Aug 29

Edmonton, AB Aug 30

Toronto, ON Sept 1

Phoenix, AZ February 14, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

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Sacramento, CA February 19, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Portland, OR February 22, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Seattle, WA February 23, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Boise, ID February 25, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Salt Lake City, UT February 26, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Kansas City, MO March 29, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Omaha, NE March 30, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Des Moines, IA March 31, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

St. Louis, MO April 1, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Louisville, KY April 2, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Indianapolis, IN April 3, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Columbus, OH April 5, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Cleveland, OH April 6, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Buffalo, NY April 7, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Boston, MA April 8, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Hartford, CT April 9, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Newark, NJ April 12, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Long Island, NY April 13, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Philadelphia, PA April 14, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Baltimore, MD April 15, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Richmond, VA April 17, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Pittsburgh, PA April 18, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Detroit, MI April 19, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Grand Rapids, MI April 20, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Chicago, IL April 21, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Madison, WI April 23, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Minneapolis, MN April 24, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Vancouver, BC August 27, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Calgary, AB August 29, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Edmonton, AB August 30, 2010 2010 Family Tour More Info

Toronto, ON September 1, 2010

Spreading the word for the Spread the Love Tour

November 24, 2009

<a href=””>Justin &amp; Mary Marantz</a> are coming to Charlotte in January for their Spread the Love Workshop and on Black Friday, seats will only be $50!!  After Friday, seats will be $150, so make yourself a reminder to do a little quick shopping online before heading out to shop and wait in hour long lines.

Here’s what they had to say about the workshop:
<em>Spread the Love is not a photography workshop…It’s a LIFE workshop. So you don’t have to be a photographer to attend! Florists, planners, basically anybody who owns their own business can benefit from Spread the Love. In this seminar, we’ll cover everything from marketing, branding, building relationships, business 101, financial health, balancing life &amp; business, creating systems that stick. and so much more. This is the time for a fresh start, and what better way to kick it off than getting inspired to get back to what you love about not only your business, but more importantly…to what you love about your LIFE again? </em>

For each city to remain on the map, at least 50 people will need to sign up for that city, so help them spread the word and invite all your friends to come along!

We’ll be kicking everything off in our own backyard: Beantown, aka Boston on January 5th!

Spread the Love Boston: January 5th
Spread the Love NYC: January 6th
Spread the Love DC: January 7th
Spread the Love Richmond: January 8th

***We’ll be heading to Nashville here to be in town for Imaging/DWF. For any of you guys that are planning on coming to Imaging and can’t make any of the other stops (or just want to come twice!!) we’ve planned the Nashville stop to be the day after the conferences end, just for you!! Well….and all the Nashville people! 🙂

Spread the Love Nashville: January 14th
Spread the Love Charlotte: January 15th
Spread the Love Atlanta: January 18th
Spread the Love Jacksonville: January 19th
Spread the Love Houston: January 22nd
Spread the Love Austin: January 25th
Spread the Love Dallas: January 26th
Spread the Love Phoenix: February 2nd
Spread the Love San Diego: February 4th
Spread the Love LA: February 5th
Spread the Love San Fran: February 8th
Spread the Love Seattle: February 11th
Spread the Love Salt Lake City: February 15th
Spread the Love Denver: February 17th
Spread the Love Kansas City: February 19th
Spread the Love Chicago: February 22nd

***We’ll be taking a break here to get ready for WPPI 2010 where we will be speaking for the very first time! Bleh….I feel like throwing up already!! 🙂 🙂 And then we will wrap up the tour after WPPI with our Maine stop, when hopefully it will be a little warmer up that way!

Spread the Love Maine: March 24th

Erica Ferrone Photography – Winchester, MA

July 15, 2009

Meet Erica, a wedding and portrait photographer who shoots Nikon using her right eye.  She shoots RAW in manual mode and processes with TRA and a few of her own actions.

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Describe the moment you decided it was time to pursue this as a career?
I’ve always had a passion for photography, but it was my first wedding as a second shooter that really made me realize this is what I needed to be doing with my life. You know that saying, “if you love what you do, than you’ll never work a day in your life.” That is completely true J

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What is one thing you’ve learned so far that has proven most valuable?
Just be as friendly as possible to everyone you meet and try to help them out as much as you can because it definitely comes back around.

What makes you different from everyone else?
By the time I shoot a clients wedding, they are my friends and I feel like the pictures show that. You are way more comfortable in front of a camera if your friend is behind it!

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Who is your one favorite up-and-coming photographer?
I’m not sure what defines an up-and-coming, but I am blown away every time by Joey Lawrence.

One (thing) you can’t live without?
My boyfriend’s support. Reese was a huge help in starting my business and continues to encourage me to follow my dreams.

Your best bokeh image and why?

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This bokeh image means the most to me. This bride’s father had cancer and it was a miracle that he was able to make it to the wedding. They had changed the date to make it earlier and had handed out bottles of Purell to guests to be safe. He was one of the sweetest men I have met and when they had been announced bride and groom and were walking down the aisle, I snapped this shot of him looking on.  It means so much to me that they will have this forever.

Favorite book?
Memoirs of a Geisha and all the Harry Potters. They are just so good.

Favorite movie?
I love Donnie Brasco, A Bronx Tale, The Illusionist and Rounders.

Where do you find inspiration?
I am constantly looking for inspiration in the everyday although I almost always find it in fashion magazine, and other photographer’s blogs.

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Do you use a second shooter?
Yes. Everytime. I think it is important to capture different angles because it helps tell the story of the day.

How would you recommend that someone wanting to second shoot with you go about getting the gig?
I am always looking for second shooters. Just send me an email with some of your work 😉

If you could second shoot with anyone, who would it be?
My favorite people to shoot with are Zev Fisher and Joe Prezioso and while this list just keeps on getting longer, I would love to shoot with Jasmine Star, Ohana Photographers, Fuller Edge, Mike Colon, David Jay, and Joey Lawrence.

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Are you a member of any organizations and have you won any awards?
I am on OSP (screen name: Tucker) and although it’s not an award, I’m psyched that one of my weddings will be featured in the Knot Boston magazine in June.

What did you have to do to actually take the leap?  Did you have any hoops to jump through?
I am a lucky girl when it came to breaking into photography. I worked under amazing people that really let me dive right in, and when it came to starting my own business, I have been fortunate with word of mouth advertising.

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Do you have suggestions for others trying to make the transition?
Even if it is just lugging gear at weddings, get as much experience as you can. Also, get involved in forums because you won’t believe how much you can learn when you read for an hour a day.

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What is the biggest or most creative thing you do/have done to draw new clients?
It isn’t too creative, but posting a few pictures from my past weddings on Facebook has helped me greatly.

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Are you for or against advertising (paid or free)?  If for, who have you had the most success with?
I have advertised in the past, but my success falls completely into the word of mouth category. Make real connections with people and your business will thrive just off of referrals.

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What’s your idea of the perfect photographer networking “date”?
I have been on many because one of my favorite things is finding a fun photographer in my area to bounce ideas off of and someone to hang out with that has my same crazy schedule. My favorites “dates” have been those that aren’t 100% about photography. I love people that aren’t solely concentrated on my post processing or talking about lighting techniques. I love when I get to know the person.

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WPPI Road Trip 2009

June 22, 2009


4 different cities. 17 different speakers. 4 different topics.

4 City Road Trip!

This coming September, WPPI is taking the show on the road for the first-ever WPPI Road Trip.

You don’t want to miss out on an opportunity like this!

  • Atlanta – Monday, September 21, 2009
  • Minneapolis – Wednesday, September 23, 2009
  • Dallas – Monday, September 28, 2009
  • Boston – Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Each city will host 4 distinctive speakers that you’ve come to know and love at previous WPPI Conventions. The 2009 WPPI Road Trip roster includes: Bambi Cantrell, Tony Corbell, Jim DiVitale, Kay Eskridge, Beth Forester, Jim Garner, Doug Gordon, Kevin Kubota, Robert Lino, Lori Nordstrom, Sarah Petty, Ken Sklute, John Solano, Eddie Tapp, Vicki Taufer, Jed Taufer and Kirk Voclain.

4 Hot Topics

Each stop on the tour will cover 4 specific areas, designed specifically to cultivate your technical skills, inspire creativity and enhance the productivity of your professional photography business.

  • Business & Marketing
  • Lighting & Posing
  • Wedding or Portraits
  • Workflow

All for just $149

Each stop along the WPPI Road Trip includes 4 programs, a buffet lunch and a mini trade show with some of your favorite exhibitors, companies and sponsors all for just $149!

Choose 1 city and pay just $149
Or… choose 2 cities and pay just $249
Or… choose 3 cities and pay just $349
And because we know someone will ask, come to all 4 cities for just $399!


For a limited time, WPPI is offering FREE registration to the 2010 WPPI Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, to all attendees who register and attend any one of the stops on the first-ever WPPI Road Trip! If you’ve never attended WPPI before, there is no time like the present to take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity near you.

Click here to Register

David Ziser: Digital Wake Up Call

April 28, 2009


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AsukaBook Free Seminar

April 14, 2009

AsukaBook sponsors the following photographers’ events throughout the year.  Below is the latest schedule of their events where you are able to learn more about AsukaBook products and possible win a free book of your own design!

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April 21, 2009 and April 22, 2009  Boston, MA  Area Seminar

April 23, 2009 Brooklyn, NY Seminar

April 24, 2009 Manhattan, NY Seminar

April 25, 2009 Philadelphia, PA Seminar

April 27, 2009 Baltimore, MD Seminar

April 28, 2009 Charlotte, NC Seminar

April 29, 2009 Atlanta, GA Seminar

May 1, 2009 Orlando, FL Seminar